8th December, 2014
Goalkeeper of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Precious Dede, has warned that the team won’t be scared of any opposition in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in Canada from June 6 to July 5, 2015.
Falcons were grouped alongside United States, Australia and Sweden in Group D in what analysts described as a group of death.
But Dede said that though the group opponents are highly rated teams in women football, the Falcons, as the champions of Africa, won’t be intimidated by their pedigrees. “We are equally champions in our own right and we will be going to the World Cup as the champions of Africa. All these teams equally know that the Falcons have developed greatly as a team that must be respected and with this we are going to Canada as a team that others would be cautious to approach,” said Dede.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Melvin Pinnick has once again assured the Falcons of high level preparations ahead of the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Canada next summer. “It is a tough group. You can see that even the Americans are calling it the most difficult group in the competition.
“However, our pledge to give the Super Falcons the best high performance preparation possible is intact.
“They will go to a very good environment for their final camping programme and be engaged in quality friendly matches before the final,” Pinnick reassured.
Nigeria’s senior women team won a seventh African title in Namibia in October and will be expected to fly Africa’s flag high in Canada.
“It is important that we exceed our previous best performance of a quarterfinal berth. Having dominated Africa ceaselessly it is time that we begin to dominate the world,” he said.